Edwin Rodrguez currently works within FTA’s Office of Research and during his tenure, has consistently and dutifully proven to be an invaluable asset not only to FTA, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), but to the transit industry.
Rodrguez’s contributions to ethnic and cultural diversity are many. He is currently a member of Hispanics in Transportation (HIT), DOT Hispanic Affinity Group, the purpose of which is to promote ethnic and cultural awareness within the DOT.
He participated in the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Summer Transportation Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) program for the past three years. The first two years his role was to evaluate applications as a member of a team and to make final selection recommendations for student placement.
In 2011, FHWA asked FTA to detail Rodrguez to FHWA for six months to run the entire STIPDG program. This involved setting up review teams, reviewing, and processing more than 400 student applications in 2011. The totality of his contribution is the placement of more than 300 students within the transportation industry.
Rodrguez also led the Careers in Transportation for Youth (CITY) Internship Program for FTA the past seven years. The CITY Program is a partnership effort between The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and FTA. Many of the students that go through the program remain as working professionals within the transportation industry.
Two years ago Rodrguez was appointed program manager of the Information Dissemination and Communication Program for FTA’s Office of Research and since then has made a significant impact by completely revamping the dissemination and publication of FTA research documents.
“The industry provides mobility to all kinds of individuals of diverse backgrounds and economic levels. By working for the public transportation industry, it gives me satisfaction to contribute to all people, regardless of their backgrounds”